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Why the beauty of the World Cup is in its stories

If the World Cup was a sitcom, Russia 2018 would be the series finale

By Carl Anka  

Gareth Southgate loses his penalty during the 1996 Euros. Now, he's leading England to success. Photo: PA

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the last of its kind. After July 15 2018, there will be no more 32 nation summer World Cups. Russia 2018 will serve as the series finale to a 20-year-long chapter of world football that started with France 98. And as with many well-received series finales, it’s packed full of throwbacks to previous episodes.

Put simply, the 2018 World Cup has quietly been a Greatest…

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